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in the near future. he used the word "soon," and noda has been trying to find a suitable time to dissolve the diet. but the election can take place next month at the earliest. but as the polls suggest, this may not be a favorable time for noda or his party. he knows that an election held now could lead to a dramatic drop in the number of lawmakers sitting alongside him. but there is no guarantee, on the other hand, that the outlook will improve, even if he postpones the vote. sooner or later noda will have to make that decision. >>> china's hu jintao has overseen an economy that's expanded year after year during his ten years as president. but many rural chinese have missed out. they've watched their neighbors get wealthier and wealthier. that's left many seething with resentment. and some are trying to find solace in their faith. nhk world's michitaka yamaka explains. >> reporter: about 300 people live in this village on the yellow river in gansu province. more than two-thirds of the residents work the ground. that includes this man. he lives with his wife. their life is close so self-su
institute of international affairs who gave us some insight on the party's transition of power. >> he capitalized his role as coordinator rather than the leader. and he was inciting on how he carried on with the tasks established by his predecessor and how he sensed a need of the people in the locality and he formed consensus. so i don't think he's bent on taking a very strong leadership. so i think he will try very hard to forge consensus rather than leading. five new members are all over 64. and it's a current rule that anybody under 60 -- over 68 would not qualify to be on the committee is going to be applied next time. they will all have to go. so this is not the kind of makeup of the top echelon which is going to last for ten years. there will be another tug-of-war for top positions in a few years. the newly appointed vice chairman of this position are both a prodigy of hu jintao, so i think he felt very safe to step down. secondly, i think he wanted to strengthen institutional development of chinese political system. and he wanted to stop the practice of outgoing leadership cont
to work together all the time. nhk world's kahu izumitani has shows us. >> reporter: this restaurant serves japanese noodle ramen. the staff here speak japanese. the menu is written in japanese. but this restaurant is in seoul. >> translator: political issues will not affect the popularity of japanese food culture here. >> translator: political disputes and cultural exchanges are completely different issues. >> reporter: now south koreans can dig into japanese food in restaurants all over seoul. two years ago, mika joku and her south korean husband jumped at an opportunity to introduce ramen to the capital. they modified their recipes a bit to appeal more to the south korean patate, and their business flourished.this month fourth store in seoul. >> translator: i think our i think they enjoy tal our staff without touching on political issues. >> reporter: and the exchanges aren't just cultural. south korean companies such as samsung and lg grew into leading global companies. now managers of japanese firms count them amomomomomo important clients. the south korean government haho gover
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